Draft Proposal

 SUMMARY OF MAIN PROVISIONS OF DRAFT SCHEME (NOT PART OF THE DRAFT SCHEME)

This draft Scheme provides for the union of the benefice of Eastington, Frocester, Haresfield, Moreton Valence, Standish and Whitminster, the benefice of Frampton-on-Severn, Arlingham, Saul, Fretherne and Framilode, the benefice of The Stanleys with Selsley and the benefice of Stonehouse (their constituent parishes to remain distinct) in the diocese of Gloucester and for the establishment of a team ministry for the new benefice of The Stroudwater Team. It also provides for the cure of souls in the new benefice to be shared by a team rector and two team vicars, for the appointment of one of the team vicars, for the housing arrangements for the team and for the future patronage arrangements for the new benefice.

 

DRAFT

PASTORAL SCHEME

This Scheme is made by the Church Commissioners (“the Commissioners”) this day of 201 in pursuance of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 (“the 2011 Measure”), the Right Reverend Rachel, Bishop of Gloucester, having consented thereto.

Union of benefices

1. The benefice of Eastington, Frocester, Haresfield, Moreton Valence, Standish and Whitminster, the benefice of Frampton-on-Severn, Arlingham, Saul, Fretherne and Framilode, the benefice of The Stanleys with Selsley and the benefice of Stonehouse in the diocese of Gloucester shall be united to create a new benefice which shall be named "The Benefice of The Stroudwater Team", and the area of the new benefice shall comprise the parish of Eastington, the parish of Frocester, the parish of Haresfield, the parish of Moreton Valence, the parish of Standish, the parish of Whitminster, the parish of Frampton-on-Severn, the parish of Arlingham, the parish of Saul, the parish of Fretherne, the parish of Framilode, the parish of All Saints, Selsley, the parish of Kings Stanley, the parish of Leonard Stanley and the parish of Stonehouse, which parishes shall continue distinct.

Archdeaconry and deanery

2. The new benefice and its constituent parishes shall belong to the archdeaconry of Gloucester and the deanery of Stroud.

Establishment of team ministry

3. (1) A team ministry shall be established for the area of the new benefice.

(2) The cure of souls in that area shall be shared by the incumbent of the new benefice, whose office shall be that of rector in the team ministry, and two other ministers, each of whom shall have the title of vicar and a status equal to that of an incumbent of a benefice.

(3) That area shall be in the pastoral care of those who are to share the cure of souls therein together with all other persons who are from time to time authorised by licence or permission of the Bishop to serve in that area as members of the team.

Presentation of rector

4. The right to present the rector shall be exercised alternately by a patronage board (to be known as “The Stroudwater Team Patronage Board”) constituted in accordance with the provisions of the Schedule hereto which shall have the first turn, and the second turn shall belong to Her Majesty in right of Her Crown.

 

The offices of vicar in the team ministry

5. (1) Subject to clause 6 hereof, the vicars in the team ministry shall be chosen by Bishop and the rector jointly.

(2) The licence of the Bishop under her episcopal seal appointing the holder thereto may (subject to variation or revocation of any such provision with the consent of the rector and the vicar by subsequent licence under seal) -

(a) assign to a vicar a special cure of souls in respect of a part of the said area and, if appropriate, the name of vicar of a church in that part;

(b) assign to a vicar a special responsibility for a particular pastoral function;

(c) provide that any such special cure or responsibility shall be independent of the rector's general responsibility;

(d) assign to a vicar a general responsibility to be shared with the rector for the cure of souls in the said area as a whole.

6. If immediately before this Scheme comes into operation the Reverend Charles Scott Minchin is licensed by the Bishop to serve within the area of the benefice of Stonehouse he shall be the first holder of one of the offices of vicar in the team ministry.

Team council

7. The Bishop may by Instrument under her hand, with the concurrence of the rector, make provision -

(a) for the establishment of a team council;

(b) for the chairmanship, meetings and procedure of the team council;

(c) for the functions of the parochial church council of each parish in the area of the new benefice which must or may be delegated to the team council;

being provisions to the same effect as those which may be made by a Scheme under the Church Representation Rules in the like case.

Places of residence

8. (1) The parsonage house of the benefice of The Stanleys with Selsley (known as The Rectory, Church Road, Leonard Stanley, Stonehouse, GL10 3NP) shall be the place of residence of the rector.

(2) Subject to the direction of the Bishop, the vicars in the team ministry shall severally reside in:-

(a) the parsonage house of the benefice of Frampton-on-Severn, Arlingham, Saul, Fretherne and Framilode (known as Saint Marys House, The Street, Frampton on Severn, GL2 7ED);

(b) the parsonage house of the benefice of Stonehouse (known as The Vicarage, Elm Road, Stonehouse, GL10 2NP);

(c) such other conveniently situated house or houses as may, with the Bishop's approval, be provided in substitution therefor.

Transfer of parsonage houses

9. (1) The parsonage house of the benefice of Frampton-on-Severn, Arlingham, Saul, Fretherne and Framilode and the parsonage house of the benefice of Stonehouse, together with the sites and appurtenances thereof and the grounds usually occupied and enjoyed therewith, shall without any conveyance or other assurance be transferred to the Gloucester Diocesan Board of Finance to be held by the said Board as part of the diocesan glebe land of the diocese of Gloucester.

(2) The parsonage house of the benefice of Eastington, Frocester, Haresfield, Moreton Valence, Standish and Whitminster (known as The Rectory, Millend Lane, Eastington, Stonehouse, GL10 3SG), together with the site and appurtenances thereof and the grounds usually occupied and enjoyed therewith, shall without any conveyance or other assurance be transferred to the Gloucester Diocesan Board of Finance for diocesan purposes.

Coming into operation of this Scheme

10. If upon the date on which this Scheme is made no person, other than the person referred to in clause 6 hereof, holds an ecclesiastical office under Common Tenure which will be terminated by this Scheme and is in receipt of a stipend and/or other emoluments of office, including accommodation, this Scheme shall come into operation on the first day of the month following the said date; but if on the said date any person, other than the person referred to in clause 6 hereof, holds such an office this Scheme shall come into effect six months thereafter or on such earlier date on which all such offices have been vacated.

 

 

SCHEDULE

Constitution of the Stroudwater Team Patronage Board

The patronage board referred to in clause 4 of this Scheme shall consist of:-

(1) the following in right of their respective offices:-

(a) the Bishop of Gloucester, who shall be chairman of the board and shall have one vote as a member of the board and a casting vote as chairman;

(b) the archdeacon of the archdeaconry to which the new benefice shall for the time being belong, who shall have one vote;

(c) every vicar in the team ministry, any member of the team to whom section 34(3) of the 2011 Measure applies and any person having special responsibility for pastoral care under section 34(8) of the 2011 Measure who shall jointly have one vote which shall be exercised by such one of them or such two or more of them (acting unanimously or by a majority) as may be present at the meeting in question;

(2) the Gloucester Diocesan Board of Patronage, which shall have one vote;

(3) the Master or Keeper and Fellows and Scholars of the College of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist and the Glorious Virgin Saint Radegund, commonly called Jesus College in the University of Cambridge, who shall have one vote;

(4) Mrs Majory Hawkins, of Church Farm, Peter Street, Frocester, GL10 3TJ, who shall have one vote;

(5) Jonathan Fiennes Bengough, Esquire, of Wall End Farm, Monkland, HR6 9DE, who shall have one vote;

(6) Brigadier Sir Jeffrey Lionel Darell, Bt, MC, of Denton Lodge, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 0AD, who shall have one vote.

 

In witness whereof the Church Commissioners have caused their Common Seal to be hereunto affixed.

 

SIGNED by the Right Reverend Rachel,           )

       

Bishop of Gloucester.                                      )

Executed as a Deed by the affixing of the         )

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Common Seal of the Church                            )

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Commissioners in the presence of:-                 )

AUTHENTICATING OFFICER

 

Notes by the Diocesan office (not forming part of the draft Scheme):

 

The rationale behind the diocesan proposals is as follows:

This draft Scheme is the result of a deanery and diocesan led review and consultation on how ministry may be re-imagined in the geographical area. Re-imagining ministry starts with the opportunity before us, to work from the existing strengths of these communities and to build on what is good and fruitful. A key underlying question has been, ‘How do people in these communities encounter God and come to faith, through the Church?’ The proposals have been developed in consultation with the parishes involved and the deanery, and it is hoped to give a strong, flexible foundation for the development of ministry in this area.

 

Publication of this draft Scheme has been approved by the Church Commissioners but does not mean that they have taken a view on the merits of the diocesan case.

 

If they receive representations against the draft Scheme, the Commissioners will send all representations, both for and against, to the Bishop whose views will be sought. Individual representors will then receive copies of the Commissioners’ correspondence with the Bishop (including copies of all the representations) and they may comment further in writing to the Commissioners in light of the diocesan response if they so wish.

 

If there are no representations against the draft Scheme, the Commissioners will make the Scheme and arrange for it to be brought into effect.

 

 

Team chapter and team

1. Under section 34(1) of the Mission and Measure 2011 the persons who are to share the cure of souls within the area of the benefice will constitute a team chapter and the team chapter together with the other persons referred to in clause 3(3) will constitute the team.

2. Section 13(1) and paragraphs 19 and 20 of Schedule 2 to the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986 apply to the appointment of a team rector whereby the registered patron of a vacant benefice shall not make any priest an offer to present him or her to a benefice until the making of the offer to the priest in question has been approved by parish representatives of each parish in the team (unless a team council, or joint parochial church council for all the parishes in the benefice, has been established in which case such approval shall be by representatives of the team or joint parochial church council) and the Bishop.

3. Paragraph 2(6) of Schedule 3 to the Mission and Pastoral Measure provides that before the body or other persons who are entitled to choose a person to be a vicar in a team ministry make their choice, they shall consult -

(a) the other members of the team;

(b) the parochial church council of every parish in the team ministry; and

(c) if a special cure of souls in respect of a part of the area is to be assigned in accordance with section 34(7)(a) to the vicar, any district church council concerned.

4. Paragraph 2(7)(a) of Schedule 3 to the Mission and Pastoral Measure provides that the body or other persons who are entitled to choose a person to be a vicar in a team ministry shall not make to any person an offer of appointment as such until the making of the offer to the person in question has been approved by the parish representatives of each parish in the team unless a team council has been established in which case such approval shall be by representatives of the team council.

 

Pastoral care

5. All clergy within the Team will have pastoral responsibility for identified parishes or communities; in this way each parish will know who their priest is in times of pastoral need. The team rector will have a full priestly and pastoral role within the Team whilst holding an oversight role in addition.

Team council

6. The Mission and Pastoral Measure stipulates that any provision for a team council shall cease to have effect not later than five years from the date on which this Scheme comes into effect. It would, however, be possible under the Church Representation Rules to make similar provision for an unlimited period.

The proposed Scheme allows for the creation of a team council in one of two ways. It is considered appropriate that the functions of the team council should be discerned once a Team forms. This will not replace individual PCCs but will allow delegation of decisions affecting the whole Team to be made by the whole Team acting together. Where existing joint parochial church councils are already working well, these will be taken into account.

Churches etc.

7. This Scheme does not alter the existing status of any of the churches, chapels of ease or licensed places of worship in the affected parishes.

 

Membership of the patronage board

8. The incumbent of the benefice of Eastington, Frocester, Haresfield, Moreton Valence, Standish and Whitminster is one of the patrons of the benefice of Frampton-on-Severn, Arlingham, Saul, Fretherne and Framilode, being two of the four benefices that are being united here, and for which area a team ministry is being established. This patronage interest will be extinguished in the proposed arrangements as under general trust law it is not permissible for an incumbent to have a patronage interest in his or her own benefice. This is a separate consideration from the team vicars being involved in the appointment process of the team rector.

Mr Robin Gerard d’Abo is one of the patrons of the benefice of Eastington, Frocester, Haresfield, Moreton Valence, Standish and Whitminster, and has applied recently to transfer his interest to Mrs Marjory Hawkins; the membership of the patronage board reflects this.

 

Coming into effect clause:

9. Under the provision of s39(3) of the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 it is mandatory for a Pastoral Scheme which would have the effect of causing any ecclesiastical office held under Common Tenure the holder of which is in receipt of a stipend and/or accommodation to cease to exist to include the provision in clause 10 delaying the coming into effect of the Scheme for up to six months after it is made. This is to give such an office holder who would be dispossessed an opportunity to find another post before the Scheme takes effect, and if not appointed to another office he or she may become eligible for compensation. For the avoidance of doubt this provision is included in all cases where the possibility of such dispossession could arise but the six month delay provision will only become operative if someone in receipt of a stipend and/or accommodation, other than such a person who is named in the Scheme as the first holder of a new office, is actually in post on the day the Scheme is made. Generally any such persons will agree to resign and be relicensed to the new benefice in order to bring the Scheme into effect without delay.

 

Transfer of parsonage houses

10. There can only be one parsonage house within a benefice. It is standard diocesan practice to transfer any additional houses to be used in connection with housing team vicars to the Gloucester DBF as glebe properties. The remaining property at Eastington is to be held by the diocese in case it is needed for accommodating additional ministers within the area of the Team, but, if this need should not be forthcoming, or should there be a more suitable house identified within the Team area, then this house may be sold to fund the purchase or building of a replacement property, or for the general purposes of the Gloucester DBF.